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Oracle Product Manager Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Senior Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of international opportunity to acquire new skills in public speaking, sales enablement and dealing directly with enterprise customers. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    A reorg every 4 months, constant layoffs due to acquisitions makes for a very tense working environment amongst peers. Leadership at VP and Dir level is always in flux. If you are at a Manager level, your could be reorg'd at any minute or workload gets decreased or devalued. This makes it difficult to feel stable, mentally or financially.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managers in the loop by having more transparency. Do not dismiss the work being done at the manager level. Every cog in the wheel is important and has its place.


  2. "Comfortably Numb"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job Security
    Large company can move around
    Can work at home for most positions
    Very professional environment

    Cons

    Not very fun
    Some managers can be unsupportive
    A company that is stagnating at best


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Java Product Manager IV"

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    Former Employee - Java Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Java Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Participate in a global large company.

    Cons

    Oracle employés many H-1B Visa mid-level staff. This allows for lower pay and more "submissive" employees. Few US-citizens left. In my organization, there were only 2 non H-1B employees. Also, adversarial management style from top down.

    Advice to Management

    Too many management levels. Too much adversarial culture. More management by consensus as very talented/knowledgeable people are stifled.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Odd times for Oracle employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    About the best thing you can say for Oracle is that it's a big company with deep pockets. It will definitely be around in 10 years and it's throwing a ton of money at being successful in the Cloud. The work environment is very collegial. I'd say it's a good place if you're a Sr. Director or above.

    Cons

    There are alot of cons. Primarily, it's a top down organization with SVPs making the most minute, and often poor, decisions on product features and direction. It's first and foremost an engineering company, as opposed to a market-driven firm, which is a double-edged sword since there are many "boil-the-ocean" projects with are un-sellable and un-implementable. Fusion Apps, despite what they say, has been an egregious management failure (if it was so great, why did Oracle purchase RightNow, Taleo, and Netsuite? - and why does Oracle trail Salesforce and Workday so badly?). Many of the solutions require other Oracle products, which prevents individual groups from achieving their own optimal products (e.g., groups are required to use Oracle's IdM and OBIEE product - which are disasters).

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't listen to advice, that's the problem.


  6. "An OK place to work in the Bay Area"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, competent peers, decent benefits, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Perks are minimal, salary is not competitive within the industry unless your are high up on the chain.


  7. "principal product manager"

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - large enterprise, full fledged process, new technologies, adapting

    Cons

    large enterprise, legacy, heavy on process


  8. "Product Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mature, stable company
    Benefits
    Technical leadership
    Work/Life balance
    Campus

    Cons

    Top down decision process
    Limited product management/marketing resources (Oracle only invests 10% of net profits to PM/marketing)
    Most product innovation is driven by acquisitions (except for move to Cloud solutions)
    Limited salary increases


  9. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Oracle (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good benefits

    Cons

    Annual Compensation, Promotion Cycle, Resources


  10. "Meh, boring but good company"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good pay
    - great work life balance
    - nice manager, nice people overall

    Cons

    - boring, everything moves very slowly
    - large corporate environment
    - not working on cutting edge technology


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Typical pros and cons of a large company"

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    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a big company, so there's lots of different places to learn and get experience. I learned a lot and had enjoyed many things. Not sure what it really did for 'career advancement' though.

    Cons

    Politics can be draining. If you aren't part of the in-crowd, your opinion is unimportant. Lots of meetings that ultimately seem kind of pointless.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure that they're really interested in hearing advice. Too much ego involved.